Cary Public House

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Type: Bar, Eatery

208 W Main St
Cary, Illinois, 60013-2786
United States

(847) 639-7244

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Added by TMoney2591 on 04-10-2011

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3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This place was randomly recommended to me by my girlfriend's uncle, and, judging by his description (they've got a lot of crazy imports and such), I had to check it out for the hell of it. It's kinda dive-ish, inside and out, but on the friendlier side of dive. The bartender was welcoming and friendly, which definitely helped. When I visited, about half of the taps had been kicked, but they still had some solid offerings. With the taps and bottles combined, a fairly nice mini-cache of craft is created. Breweries represented include Three Floyds, Metropolitan, Bell's, Tyranena, Sprecher, Maredsous, Chimay, Sam Smith, Leinenkugel's, Sam Adams, Green Flash, and others. Nothing too outrageous or rare, but almost entirely craft: Out of the ten taps, only two (maybe three) were BMC, which are relegated to the bottle cooler. A large collection of awesome glassware is at their disposal, allowing for proper serving. Though I didn't test the bartender's knowledge of the beer, the owner/manager seemed pretty well-versed and was pretty excited for the monthly Beer Expo, which features a tasting of 10-15 brews, refreshments, and an industry person to field any questions and describe the beers. I didn't try the food, but I've heard good things about their burgers. Overall, though this place isn't mind-blowing, it is more than solid, it's always rotating in new and different beers, and it's probably the best (if not only) good bar beer-wise between Crystal Lake and Palatine. Definitely worth a few visits, if for nothing than just to relax with a good beer and to see what new stuff has been brought in.

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4.85/5  rDev +35.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place has really spruced itself up in the last couple of years to become a great place to eat and have a good beer. They have even started to brew house beers! Food is good and there's a nice wide choice to pick from. There are ample to chose from for vegetarian eaters too! Wide choice of beers from several different styles. They keep changing them so there's always something new to try. As far as ambiance, they have started to bring in different artist and sometimes it gets too loud to hold a conversation. Otherwise it's a great place to hang out and have a beer or two!

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Photo of zaraspook
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Beer_and_Trout
3.76/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75

My group of friends and I affectionately refer to the Cary Public House as "Das Pub." I think the atmosphere is a real gem. I would describe the Cary Pub as a dive bar that serves craft beers. There's a regular in there who comes in with his overweight Corgie that acts as a mascot to help top off the vibe. It's the only bar I know like this in a 50 mile radius. The patrons that frequent the bar help it feel more inviting and so does the staff. Sherm has a real passion for craft beer and you can tell he's doing the best he can with the resources available. It's exterior isn't inviting which doesn't bother me but it probably makes a lot less people take a chance on it. There's a few TV's in there so you can watch a game and drink. The service is usually very good and every bartender has had a charming personality. Sherm is very good at regularly hosting beer events with snacks where you can sample roughly 15 beers and he or a local rep will know everything about them. The Pub also has a variety of glassware to pair their offerings with. The most recent brewers I saw on tap were Two Brothers, Lagunita's, Boulevard, Wild Onion, Bell's, New Holland, Lakefront, Firestone, and Great Lakes. They usually have 10 beers on tap, 1 being domestic. They always seem to have Gumball Head available in bottles which is nice and Hopslam is available right now. They've had some primo beers on tap in the past such as 3 Floyds Dreadnaught, Bell's Hopslam, and Dogfish Head's 90 minute IPA. Hopslam is actually on tap right now. The food menu is small and unreliable but they do make a good burger and that is always available. Best for last, the price point on their drafts and bottles is pretty much unmatched. You're not going to find a cheaper craft beer on tap or in bottles anywhere and they even have clearance beers from time to time. I recently had a bottle of New Holland's Sundog Amber for $2 and I just had Lakefront's Holiday Spice on tap for $3!!! Most Saturday's you will find local blues/jazz playing at night and they manage to keep the volume just right. If you want to drink a modest collection of craft beers in a casual friendly environment where you don't have to raise your voice when talking to good company or the bartender, this bar is for you.

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